History

The club was formed from the disbanded St Andrews Football Club who had played in the Colac Churches Association. The term Imperial comes from the military “Imperial Forces” connection, with many players being ex-servicemen.

The club also did not wish to be known just as Colac in case they became responsible for any debts of that club. During their time pre-WWII in the Colac Association, the club played against Coragulac Rovers, Warrion, Swan Marsh, Alvie, Nalangil, Elliminyt and St Mary’s (Colac). The club went into recess due to World War II from 1940 to 1944.

(In May 1940, Colac Imperials played a team from the RAAF base at Cressy).

The club reformed in 1945 and won the 1945 grand final. In 1948, Colac Diggers Football Club (Made up of returned servicemen) disbanded and a number of the players transferred to the Imperials.

In 1949 a large number of Imperials players moved across to the newly formed Colac Tigers, they in turn took over the Western Oval, thus Imperials moved back to the Colac Showgrounds.

In 1950, after being successful in the CDFL, the club moved to the Polwarth Football Association. Participating teams were:  Apollo Bay, Lorne, Winchelsea, Deans Marsh, Birregurra, Beeac, Coragulac Rovers and Forrest. Winchelsea had a similar dark blue jumper with a white monogram, so it was necessary to change the jumper to the Geelong style.

The club moved back to the CDFL in 1955 and also back to the Colac Showgrounds for seven years before moving finally to the Western Reserve in 1972.

With 12 senior flags to their credit since 1945, the Cats have been the Colac and District Football League’s second most successful post-war club, behind Alvie.

Quick Profile

Known as: The Cats

Established: 1922

Club Colours: Original colours were Royal Blue with Gold band and white knickers (these were the colours of the St Andrew’s team). They adopted the blue and white hoops as AFL Geelong in 1950.

Home Ground: Original home ground was the Colac Showgrounds, then to Western Oval in 1939. In 1949 they moved back to the Colac Showgrounds and in 1972 the club moved back to the Western Reserve in Sinclair St., Colac

Ground Dimensions: 155m x 122m

Leagues

Colac District Football Association 1922-1933

Corangamite Football League 1934-

Colac District Football League 1938-1939

Colac and District Football League 1945-1949

Polwarth Football League1950-1954

Colac and District Football League 1955 to present